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International Archives, Records & Information Management (MA)


Course Description

By studying international archives, records and information management at postgraduate level, you will learn professional principles and techniques and acquire the core skills which will enable you to play a part in the management and exploitation of an invaluable informational resource which underpins organisational success.

As a Distance Learner in employment, you should find that your work experience enhances your studies, while your studies enable you to reflect on your work experience in new ways. Your studies can also help you to promote the best current practice in your workplace.

This distance learning course in International Archives, Records and Information Management is also available at Diploma or Certificate level.

Applications are welcome throughout the year for the September intake. Please note applications normally close at the end of July of the year of entry.

See the website http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/International-Archives-Records-and-Information-Management-Masters/

- Contact Time:
Students on all courses are required to attend Study Schools in Aberystwyth. For most students this means attending three schools of approximately 4-5 days duration each year. For the rest of the time you will work through specially designed self-study module packs supported by online learning materials.

- Assessment:
The progamme is assssed on the basis of coursework in part One and the dissertation in Part Two. A variety of assignments in Part One, including reports, essays, presebtations and case studies enable you to relate theoretical knowledge to your own workplace.

Course structure

The Masters in International Archives, Records and Information Management is designed to provide you with the necessary range of knowledge and skills in appropriate areas. The course offers three pathways: Archives Management, Records Management, and Information Management and aims to foster the ability to communicate across different levels of an organisation and with fellow information professionals. Furthermore, while it provides a sound foundation upon which a specific career can be built, it also equips you to be both innovative and flexible in a range of employment opportunities which require transferable skills.

The university has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

Employability

More of our Postgraduate Students (74.1%) entered employment at a graduate level than the national average (72.1%), earning more on average than postgraduates in other subject fields. * 2010/11

This Degree will suit you:
- If you wish to obtain a Master’s degree or diploma from one of the UK’s leading departments
- If you wish to gain the knowledge and skills in the management of International Archives, Records and Information.
- If you wish to develop and update existing knowledge and qualification within an archive, information or library service sector.
- If you desire skills highly sought after by employers in this area.

- Employability:
Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. This Masters will place you in the jobs market as a highly-trained professional in the management and exploitation of informational resources which underpins organisational success. This course will also develop a wide range of general work skills such as research, analysis, writing, presentation and management, ensuring your employability is improved across all areas.

- Key Skills and Competencies:
Study Skills:
You will develop skills in quickly and accurately assimilating and interpreting data – which you will find invaluable in a managerial post. You will develop productive strategies for planning and problem-solving that can be applied beyond your chosen area of study, making you a versatile academic as well as a productive professional. You will learn to analyse and control how information is transmitted to users, including access to information and measurement of use. The monitoring and analysis of data is crucial to the success of business organisations and initiatives. Mastering it will enable you to manage within a changing and turbulent environment and provide you with an understanding of the inter-relationship of the organization with its customers and stakeholder

- Study in a Practical Context:
The University of Aberystwyth boasts library resources which are amongst the best in Europe. The Department’s specialist Thomas Parry Library is one of the leading libraries for Information Studies. As a student, you will have access to this exceptional resource where you can apply your learning in activities which will convert the purely academic theory into the proven know-how of experience.
In addition to this, you will also have access to the University's Hugh Owen Library which houses more than 700,000 volumes and subscribes to more than 3,500 current periodicals. Also, the National Library for Wales next to the campus is one of the UK's five copyright libraries housing more than 6,000,000 volumes.

- Self-Motivation and Discipline:
Studying at a Postgraduate level requires high levels of discipline and self-motivation. You will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of departmental staff but you will be ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your masters’ degree. This process of independent study at an extremely high level will strengthen your skills as an independent and self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by most employers.

Find out how to apply here http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/International-Archives-Records-and-Information-Management-Masters/#how-to-apply

Visit the International Archives, Records & Information Management (MA) page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship 2015 - 20+ Awards

Scholarships, each worth £1,000 towards tuition fees will be available for UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015. Part-time students would be eligible for £500 for Year 1 and Year 2 of their Masters. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award. In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st July 2015.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000

Eligibility

Students from the UK/EU that will be studying an on campus taught Masters and that have good results from their undergraduate degree will be entitled to an Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship worth around £1000.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the (AU) Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st July 2015 at the very latest.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/uk-eu/taught/


(Scholarship)

International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award, either already achieved or predicted by the candidate’s awarding university).In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st August 2015.Up to 72 scholarships worth £2500 towards tuition fees for full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2015 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2500

Eligibility

Up to 72 scholarships, each worth £2,500 towards tuition fees will be available for non-UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st August 2015 at the very latest.

Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 2.i Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Information on the comparability of non-UK degrees is available at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/before-you-apply/comparability/.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/overseas/taught/



Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (in any discipline) at undergraduate level Be employed in an archive service environment and have at least three months practical experience of working with archives Candidates with equivalent experience and qualifications will be considered.

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